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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Any citizen in the _____ would know the story, or myth, that "Seven Against Thebes" is based on.
(a) Audience.
(b) Play.
(c) Chorus.
(d) World.

2. What does Eteocles compare Thebes and its land to?
(a) Their mother.
(b) Their brother.
(c) Their sister.
(d) Their father.

3. Imagery throughout the play is based on ________.
(a) Clouds and Birds.
(b) Jungle and Tigers.
(c) Ships and the Sea.
(d) Sand and Mountains.

4. Where does Eteocles go to prepare for war?
(a) The meadow.
(b) Council Chambers.
(c) The caves.
(d) Argos.

5. Who conspires to kill Oedipus at the end of the Background section?
(a) The Spinx.
(b) Eteocles and Polyneices.
(c) Ismene.
(d) King of Argos.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of violation is used to describe women being treated like treasures?

2. As punishment for his crime, if Laius fathered any children, what would happen to the city of Thebes?

3. The imagery in general represents a basic element of the Greek philosophy of ________.

4. The Oracle foretells Laius that Oedipus would one day ______ his mother.

5. Plays based on Greek legend usually involve a generation after generation repeating a ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the Oracle of Apollo punish Laius and what was his punishment?

2. Who says, "If the gods [demand] evil, no man can evade it?" To whom is this character saying that to? What is this character referring to?

3. Why do you think the death of Eteocles and Polyneices is referred to as an "occassion for both rejoicing and weeping"?

4. What is the significance of Polyneices going to Argos and marrying a princess?

5. Why do you think we are told what is on the shields of the attacking enemy but not what is on Eteocles' general's shields?

6. Why does the Chorus give an ode at the end of part 3?

7. Give an example of how religion is utilized in part 1 of the play.

8. Why does Eteocles make the Chorus change the way they pray? What was the Chorus praying about? What does Eteocles suggest the Chorus pray for?

9. Describe Oedipus' character.

10. Give two examples of the theme: power of curses as seen in the play, Seven Against Thebes.

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